Public Art Innovation @ Glebe Hill Village

Tipalea Partners has revealed a dramatic collection of public artworks at the brand-new Glebe Hill Village Shopping Centre in Hobart.

Working with public art curators Cultural Capital, Tipalea commissioned four Australian artists to transform the retail centre into an engaging and creative environment, displaying colourful stories of place and ecology.

After a competitive Registration of Interest (ROI) process, the four artists were chosen based on their skill, creativity, and expertise with each awarded a financial commission for their contributions to Glebe Hill Village. Tipalea has invested over $100,000 in public art, including production and artist costs.

Three of the artworks are printed onto the inside of three large-scale carpark canopies while the fourth is a custom wallpaper design for the parent’s room.

Interestingly, the shade sails used at Glebe Hill Village are the largest printed sails produced to date in Australia and were supplied by local Tasmanian specialists, Kings Outdoor Living.

Scott Spanton, Chief Executive Officer of Tipalea Partners, said the art installations have transformed an otherwise routine arrival and departure of the retail centre into a lively and welcoming experience, presenting a unique way to celebrate local creative talent within the area.

“We are delighted to have installed artworks at Glebe Hill Village from the incredible home-grown talent that Tasmania has to offer. Establishing lasting benefits for the local community has been our top priority and engaging with local artists to deliver a vibrant experience is part of our vision in creating a community-orientated shopping centre,” said Scott Spanton.

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said it was fantastic to see Tipalea Partners creating an engaging community space that highlights public art by local artists through council’s developer contribution scheme with a significant additional contribution.

“There has been a lot of research examining the positive benefits public art provides to the community, and as Council we value the important contribution it plays in shaping our city’s identity,” he said.

“Council supports the development of public artworks in Clarence through our Public Art Program and it is great to see public art becoming a focal point of the new Glebe Hill Village Shopping Centre.”

The details of each artists works are set out below.

Allan Mansell Title: Gathering – presents a visual journey of traditional hunting and gathering, referencing the four seasons of foraging and harvesting. 800m2
Tricky Walsh Title: The Firmament – a constructed architecture-like sky using geometric patterns to imagine what exists beyond the atmosphere. 550m2
Lara Merrett Title: The ever-changing nature of things – references forms and colours in the natural world in an urban space. 450m2


Tom O’Hern Title: Zillions – a cosmic sky studded with stars planets, moons and meteors. Parent’s room wallpaper – 15m2

Using a variety of media, Tasmanian artist Tricky Walsh focuses on both spatial and communication concerns in an increasingly speculative manner. They have been a recipient of numerous art awards and grants, undertaking residencies all over the globe.

Lara Merrett is a Sydney-based artist working within an expanded field of painting imagining the geographies of space, atmosphere and physicality through layering and pouring water-based materials directly into her work. Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally across Hong Kong and Barcelona.

Painting, murals, and animation all combine to make up Tom O’Hern’s arsenal of creative practice. His work offers a playful, contemporary, and youthful vibe. Prolific around Hobart he is known for his quirky style.

“These artworks will create a powerful visual landmark in the region while offering truly significant exposure for their artists with striking and contemporary cultural works,” said Cathy Drew, Curator – Cultural Capital.

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